BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Steph Reviews Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy

Publisher: Penguin Group
Series: Night Owls #2
Format Read: Ebook
Source: From the publisher for an honest review
Release Date: February 10, 2015
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Blurb from goodreads:

Night Owls bookstore always keeps a light on and evil creatures out. But, as Lauren M. Roy's thrilling sequel continues, even its supernatural staff isn’t prepared for the dead to come back to life…

Elly grew up training to kill things that go bump in the night, so she’s still getting used to working alongside them. While she’s learned to trust the eclectic group of vampires, Renfields, and succubi at Night Owls bookstore, her new job guarding Boston’s most powerful vampire has her on edge—especially when she realizes something strange is going on with her employer, something even deadlier than usual…

Cavale isn’t thrilled that his sister works for vampires, but he’s determined to repair their relationship, and that means trusting her choices—until Elly’s job lands all of the Night Owls in deep trouble with a vengeful necromancer. And even their collective paranormal skills might not be enough to keep them from becoming part of the necromancer’s undead army

Steph's Thoughts:

I thought this book looked interesting so I thought I would give it a go. Luckily, Bea sent me the first book in the series, so that I could catch up. You definitely have to read the first book before reading this one.

 I like the storyline in this series but it can be a little hard to follow at times. The author has lots of characters and the scenes jump around between characters so I did get confused a few times. It is not a book you can put down and then come back to it a couple of days later, unless you have a really good grasp on where you left off and what/who was involved. However the idea of a bookstore owned by a vampire and run by her Renfield is a pretty neat idea.

I like the world that the author is creating. The creeps/jackals are pretty scary; they have a jackal head and claws but can pass as human when not in hunting mode. Necromancers, vampires, ghosts (complete with ectoplasm) all help make up this pretty interesting world. Elly is pretty neat for a younger heroine. She goes out of her way to help out a kid being scared by a ghost and she is teaching a newly turned vampire how to hunt jackals. I will admit to chuckling when Justin (the new vampire) is making faces at drinking lamb's blood but says he doesn't want to drink from humans because they use too much body spray. I enjoyed both books and I really wish this bookstore existed. Imagine a bookstore open until 3am and frequented by the paranormal.

 I am looking forward to the next book in the series and learning more about this world.

Bea's Review of Night Owl


  1. I have been eyeballing this series, but hadn't heard enough to have a firm yes or no decision. Great Review. :)


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